Black Friday 2023 Saw Record Number of NICS Background Checks

This year’s Black Friday saw a record number of National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) background checks compared to previous years.

As Breitbart reports, the total number of NICS checks on Friday appeared to be roughly around 214,913, surpassing the previous year’s total of 192,749, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). In 2021, the Black Friday total was 187,585, while the 2020 total was 186,645. Such background checks are conducted by the FBI.

The NSSF further stated that there was a total of “680,671 (NICS) background checks related to firearms” in the overall week of Black Friday.

As the background checks are about the individual rather than the firearm potentially being purchased, the total number of background checks does not necessarily translate to actual purchases. However, it could also mean that a single background check could translate to two firearms purchased, thus meaning that the potential number of guns actually sold could be as high as twice the number of background checks, which would amount to 429,826.

Numerous reports have indicated a spike in the number of guns being purchased all across the country since Joe Biden came to power, which are generally understood as being driven by Biden and the Democratic Party’s commitment to greater gun control efforts.

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About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

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